Christmas Show in January?

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various

Yep… you got that right! Josiah’s and Elliot’s school Christmas show was suppose to be held on December 22nd, but there was a power outage on the night of the show; therefore it had to be postponed. I am guessing enough kids complained and the administration decided to have it after the winter break.

The gym was packed with family and friends. The students did an excellent job.

I guess every parent feels this sense of pride and joy as they see their kids performing in front of the audience.

I think every kid was looking out into the audience to find where their parents were sitting. When Josiah and Elliot came out from their classrooms, they were looking for us. Once we made eye contact, we waved at them – and they waved back.

I have wondered what goes through kids minds as they see their parents waving back at them with a smile… definitely a sense of affirmation, security and confidence.

How many times did God wave back at us as we were looking out for Him in the crowd?

Here are some pictures:
 
 
 
Elliott and the Maraca .jpg
 
Elliott getting ready to play the maraca
 
 
 
Josiah playing xylophone.jpg
 
Josiah volunteered to play the xylophone… it is encouraging to know that music comes naturally to him.
 
 
 
Josiah Dancing.jpg
 
Joisah’s grade did a semi-dance with their song… thank God that the kids’ DDR is helping
 
 
 
Christmas Show.jpg
 
The closing presentation with all the kids singing together

2007 HMCC Winter Retreats

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Viewpoint

 
 
2007 Winter Retreat.jpg
 
 
 
Starting this Friday we will have our annual congregational winter retreat for the Ann Arbor church. Then in a couple of weeks we will have our first ever congregational winter retreat for the Chicago church.

As I was reflecting on the past 10 years of our church, I realized how one word can catapult and be a catalyst for a group of people. The word, “transformation” has always fueled my heart for doing what I do. Not only seeing transformation in people’s lives, but also seeing it in our various spheres of influence. We want to get back to some of that vision for transformation at this retreat, hence the theme of the retreat is “The Transformed Life.”

On another note…

In the last couple of weeks (since the start of the new year), I have sensed God placing a few things in my heart for this 2007 year. It arose more out of symptoms that I started to notice in my heart (which of course was confirmed by Christina).

For some reason, I started to notice that I have lost a lot of my “youthfulness” and “fervor” in my walk with God. At first, I tried really hard to dismiss it with the excuse of maturity. I also tried to explain it by my busyness and tiredness… flying back and forth from Ann Arbor to Chicago is taking a toil on me.

But as I get down on my knees and pray… I have come to the conclusion that it is more because I have neglected some key elements in my walk with God.

Three specific areas that the Lord started to speak to me about were – humility, hunger for God, and holiness.

1) Humility – being humble before God is easier said than done. I have lost perspective of who I am in light of God’s grace. The higher you go up in leadership, the harder it is to be a servant. Descending into greatness is an art.

2) Hunger for God – Christina would always yell at me and the kids about munching on things before dinner. Trust me… it really does ruin your appetite. No matter how good dinner is, when your cravings are satisfied… it is just hard to eat from the banquet table. Busyness is the appetizer and love for self is the candy that ruins all appetites.

3) Holiness
– this is one of the first things to go when a person loses their hunger for God and their humility before God. We end up becoming our own god. When we pretend to be God, then there is no one above us to tell us what we can and cannot do. This is why God had to send prophets to get the attention of the Israelite people. Holiness is a life that is cultivated in worship and obedience. I am guessing when God said, “Be holy, because I am holy” that it was not a suggestion.

I am praying that God will do some great things at this retreat… we need to get back to that one word – transformation!

The words of Keith Green’s song, “My Eyes Are Dry” came to mind:

My eyes are dry, my faith is old,
My heart is hard, my prayers are cold,
And I know how I ought to be,
Alive to you, and dead to me.

 
 

Oh what can be done, for an old heart like mine,
Softer it up, with oil and wine.
The oil is You, Your Spirit of love,
Please wash me anew, in the wine of Your blood.

 
 

My eyes are dry, my faith is old,
My heart is hard, my prayers are cold,
And I know how I ought to be,
Alive to you, and dead to me.